Breakfast with Scot

Critics Consensus

Though Breakfast with Scot is a well-intentioned movie with some charming performances, it suffers from sitcom humor and predictable setups.

52%

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Total Count: 27

64%

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Eric lives for all things hockey. Now in his thirties, he's managed to turn his stint as an ex- Toronto Maple Leaf into a full-time gig as commentator for sports TV. He's living the dream! But when Eric's boyfriend Sam announces that they're to become temporary guardians of a young boy, Eric's comfortable world shatters. Enter Scot--a recently orphaned, swishy 11-year-old sissy-of-a-boy--and Eric's mirror opposite. Freaked out by Scot's 'joie de vivre,' Eric and Sam gently nudge Scot away from scented hand cream and all things pink, towards a more "acceptable" pastime--hockey. But after Scot's disastrous first game, Eric begins to rethink the compromises he's made in his own life in order to be "accepted."

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Critic Reviews for Breakfast with Scot

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (14)

  • Breakfast with Scot isn't much on originality, but it is sweet enough to overcome the most cynical skeptic.

    Dec 12, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • It lacks the psychological realism of certain decent dramas and is too reliant on cheap pratfalls and Cavanagh's pinched approach to comedy.

    Oct 24, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • What elevates way above the merely adequate script by Sean Reycraft based on the novel by Michael Downing and Lynd's competent direction is young Noah Bernett as Scot. This kid is so great, he could give kid actors a good name again.

    Oct 10, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Anyone who's ever seen an After School Special knows where the family-friendly Breakfast With Scot is headed, no matter how well intentioned.

    Oct 10, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It's refreshingly snarky and quick.

    Oct 10, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • All the filmmakers are really after is a heartwarming little object lesson. ... [But] they perch their tidy little dramedy somewhere between sitcom and Movie of the Week.

    Oct 10, 2008 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello

    NPR
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Breakfast with Scot

  • Apr 25, 2012
    Breakfast with Scot is not refreshing, quirky, comedic or, frankly good. From the get go, Tom Cavangh's Eric is entirely unlikeable while Ben Shenkman's Sam seems to stick with him "just because." There's no warmth between the two, which makes every single scene they occupy together painful to watch. In fact, there's aren't two characters in this entire film who have any kind of chemistry. Not brothers, not parent and child, not coworkers, no one. It's entirely too telling that Eric and Sam (indeed, everyone else in the film) refrains from touching one another until the last 10 minutes. Maybe there's a message there about how distant these people are, but the movie is so dense and concerned with trying to be high minded to figure it all out. I have nothing but disdain for this entire endeavor from beginning to end. Unrealistic, maddening and ultimately mindboggling. And I haven't even talked about the kid, his guardian or any of the myriad subplots the story throws at the viewer.
    Jason V Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2010
    A cute story but so many situations seemed exaggerated and distracted from the heart of this movie.
    Thomas J Super Reviewer
  • Nov 11, 2009
    Pretty damn good film. Review soon.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2009
    2 gays have to look after a young boy after the father doesent take a interest, a comic look with hints of drama,its handled well,some interesting momentslike the kid following his keepers ways, and the film never gets over dramatic
    scott g Super Reviewer

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